While Tamil Nadu conducted 13.06 lakh tests so far, Maharashtra reported 10.85 lakh tests.
Andhra, which emerged the second Southern state after Tamil Nadu to cross million-mark in tests with 10.17 lakh tests, has been in top charts among the states with high tests per million population at 19,048 tests among 53.4 million population. This is against the national average of 7,058 tests per million population.
On Sunday, AP reported 998 new Covid-19 positive cases, taking the total to 18,697 cases. The state suffered 232 Coronavirus deaths so far, including 14 deaths over the last 24 hours. AP saw 8,422 persons discharged while reporting 10,043 active cases. The Southern state also stands among the few states with less than a 2% positivity rate at 1.84% by Sunday.
Delhi, which trails AP in number of overall tests at 6.2 lakh, has topped the national charts with the highest number of tests per million at 31,814 by Sunday. Jammu and Kashmir, which has conducted 3.92 lakh tests in all, has reported 29,105 tests per million population.
Andhra, which had collected its first Covid-19 sample on February 1 to be sent to neighboring Telangana for tests, has significantly ramped its testing infrastructure and the number of tests from around June 1. By setting up testing laboratories at 78 locations spread across the state, AP has successfully reduced its time to test one lakh samples from 59 days to 4 days thanks to the rapidly increased testing infrastructure.
With 19 VRDL, 47 Truenat, 5 CBAAT, 2 NACO, and 5 CLIA labs, the state now has a cumulative capacity to test 34,525 samples a day. An Andhra health ministry official said each of the 13 districts in the state is now equipped with one VRDL lab and at least three Truenat labs run by the government wherein the testing was free of cost for the public.